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The Best CPUs for Video Editing



In this article, we are going to give you the best CPUs for Video Editing that is available on the market right now.

If you have ever tried to do some video editing on a computer that had a subpar CPU then you should know how demanding it is.

Especially when it comes to high-quality videos (1080p+) a processor that is not very powerful will just take too long to process the video. But don’t worry, there is a solution. It’s called “get the correct CPU”. The problem is, that with all the CPUs that are available on the market right now, it’s hard to know which is the one that is tailor-made for this kind of work.

This is why this article exists. Keep reading if you are not sure which CPU you should put on your video editing PC.


The Best CPUs for Video Editing


The list we have created includes the latest available CPUs so you can get your money’s worth. We have 5 contenders for the number one spot with a mix of price ranges for all budgets. The list is as follows:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
  • Intel Core i9-10850K
  • Intel Core i7-9700K
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600

All of the above processing units offer a lot of processing power, allowing you to edit and render videos a lot faster than with an average CPU. Let’s look at our picks in more detail.

What is the best CPU for Video Editing?


1. AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

First, we felt obliged to put the strongest and best CPU available on the market right now. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a beast that has the processing power, that a few years ago we thought wasn’t even possible. With its whopping 16 cores, it can perform billions and billions of actions every second. It offers a 4.7 GHz max boost, 2 MB of game cache, and ddr-3200 support. All of these things it offers are with a minimum power consumption of 105 W.

Now you can understand why it is considered the best CPU available. It requires a motherboard with an AM4 socket to run, so make sure that your motherboard has the appropriate socket.

Of course, there is a downside, and that is the price. If you want to get the best processor, you have to pay a high price, but we believe it is worth the money.


2. AMD Ryzen 9 3900X


For the video editors out there that have needs but don’t have the money to spend on the strongest model of AMD, we have the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. It has 12 cores and 24 threads, that are capable of dealing with the most demanding tasks that you can think of. Even though it is not the 16-core behemoth that is AMD Ryzen 9 3950X it is still sufficient for video editing.

Especially with the 4.6 GHz Speed that it offers, you can do demanding tasks with rapid speeds. You need to make sure that you have the proper cooling system in order to keep the CPU at its optimum speed and a motherboard with an AM4 socket.

We found that this processing unit offers the best value for money in the market.


3. Intel Core i9-10850K

 For our next CPU, we have to change company. It is undoubtedly that AMD has created some extremely good CPUs, especially taking into account their price.

But of course, Intel hasn’t stayed idle. With the Intel Core i9-10850K, it offers its users, a very strong CPU capable of handling the most demanding video editing out there, and gaming at more than 100 Fps. It has 10 cores with an incredible speed of 5.2 GHz max boost. Of course, it is compatible with Intel 400 series chipset-based motherboards so make sure that you have the proper motherboard before buying this CPU.

It has a bit higher consumption than the AMD CPUs, but at such high levels of performance, it Is to no one’s surprise.

If you are a fan of intel and you trust their products, then this is the CPU that will offer you the greatest processing power.


4. Intel Core i7-9700K

 Another jewel for the Intel series CPUs is the Intel Core i7-9700K. It is mostly here because of its high processing speed of 4.9 GHz and the 8 cores/16 threads it has.

This amount of processing power, combined with the fact that it’s a fairly priced CPU makes us consider it as one of the best processors for video editing.

It has a cache of 12 MB and a very low power consumption of 95W. At the very least, it will not overload your Power Supply, even though you should really be careful of what power supply you have.

When it comes to motherboard compatibility this CPU requires an LGA 1151 socket to connect, so if you’re planning to get this CPU make sure that you get the correct motherboard to go with it.


5. AMD Ryzen 5 3600

We chose to add to our list, one of the best CPUs for video editing on a budget. Because not everyone has thousands of dollars to spend on a computer, we suggest you try the AMD Ryzen 5 3600. Its price is on the lower level, but the performance it offers is impeccable for such a low cost. You can definitely do some demanding video editing on this processing unit without the need to spend all your budget on the CPU.

It has 6 Cores and a speed of 4.2 GHz with a cache of 35 MB. Even for gaming, this CPU can handle the most demanding games without any issues.

In general, people have been preferring this CPU since it offers great processing power for a low cost.



The process of building a good computer is always a lengthy and demanding procedure. You have to know exactly what actions you are going to perform with it, to get the correct machine. In the case you are looking to create a PC so you can edit videos, this list should give you an idea of which are the best CPUs that you should consider, for both high and low-budget PCs.

Pay close attention to the socket required to connect the CPU to the motherboard and make sure you have an ample supply of power. Never forget to have a proper cooling system in place to prevent your CPU from suffering damages prematurely.

Dan Western is the founder of Gaming Gorilla, as well as several other infotainment blogs. When he's not working on his business, he's likely in the gym or playing video games. Dan's current setup is a PS5/Nintendo Switch living room setup, and a custom RTX 3090, I9-10850K inside the Lian Li 011D Mini for his office setup.

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